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Warren: Trump Tax Return Issue Is 'Not Over'

On April 18, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren reopened the discussion about President Donald Trump's ongoing refusal to release his tax returns.

During an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Warren insisted that the pressure was still on Trump to make public his tax records.

"No, the issue is not over," said Warren during the interview.

"He promised during the [2016 presidential campaign] that he would reveal his taxes. In fact, how many clips have you got here that he would reveal them after this, he would reveal them after that?"

Trump previously said that an ongoing IRS audit prevented him from releasing his returns, though an audit would not have mandated that these records be kept secret.

Warren further argued that public opinion favored Trump releasing the returns, and she was adamant about viewing Trump's actions in the context of the obligations of American citizens, according to The Hill:

People are going to keep demanding it, and they're going to keep demanding it and making their voices heard on this. Look, why is it the case that people at the very top should get a bunch of tax breaks, should be able to hide their business dealings, when everybody else pays, when everybody else gets out there and makes our roads and bridges work, makes our schools work? Let's see what Donald Trump is up to.

Though uncertain that the president would eventually release his tax returns, Warren remained optimistic that the President would not escape scrutiny for the issue.

"But I'll tell you this, I think that people are going to keep demanding it, and they are going to keep demanding it and making their voices heard on this," said Warren.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not engage in specifics when pressed on the matter.

"We'll have to get back to you on that," Spicer said in response to questions about whether President Trump would eventually make his returns public.

On April 15, protesters numbering in the tens of thousands marched in cities across the U.S., calling on Trump to release his tax history.

President Trump fired back quickly on Twitter: "Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!" wrote Trump in an April 16 tweet. "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"  

Sources: Huffington Post (2), The Hill / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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